Indie veterans The Wedding Present are one of the opening night headliners at Tramlines.
The band – now a quartet after numerous line-up changes since they started in Leeds in the mid-1980s – will play The Leadmill tomorrow, Friday.
And frontman David Gedge – the only constant member of the band since it was borne out of The Lost Pandas in 1984 – admits to being a fan of the festival format, so much so he runs his own each year.
At The Edge Of The Sea is a two-day urban festival, taking place over an August weekend in the city of Brighton. However, unlike the three-day inner-city Tramlines, At The Edge Of The Sea is confined to one venue showcasing a number of bands, including both The Wedding Present and Gedge’s second band, Cinerama.
However, the 54-year-old can see the value of a festival across a variety of settings like Tramlines.
“Tramlines is a multi-venue festival,” he says. “I have been to a couple over the years and it seems to work quite well.
“Festivals are good because you get people coming along who wouldn’t normally be Wedding Present fans.
“I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully I am going to see some other bands as well.
“Because I am from Yorkshire, there’s a certain feeling of a homecoming concert when I play Sheffield.
“It’s always nice to get back somewhere where people sound like you do, and there’s always a good crowd in Sheffield.”
Unsurprisingly, the band – currently made up of Gedge, drummer Charles Layton, guitarist Patrick Alexander and bassist Katharine Wallinger - have racked up a huge number of live shows, including a string of appearances in Sheffield and at The Leadmill.
David says: “The Leadmill is the venue I have played more than any other in the world. This will be my 18th visit there with The Wedding Present or Cinerama. It’s a great place, a lovely place to play. It’s quite a small venue, so it’s got an intimacy you don’t get everywhere.’’